|Years active||1978 - 2018|
|Known for||Author, Composer, Actor|
|Works||"...born at night...", "Boston Dialect"|
|Home town||Peabody, MA|
|Awards||Boston Drama Guild (2)|
Early Life[edit | edit source]
Paul Anthony Tait was born on March 26, 1960 in the city of Salem, Massachusetts. He grew up in nearby Peabody and attended Peabody public schools.
As a teenager he taught himself piano, drums, wrote\directed\acted in home made films, and wrote volumes of lyrics\verse.
After graduation he attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. It was first in NYC that he began performing in earnest as a singer\songwriter\pianist. Deciding music was a more direct form of expression, he moved back to the Boston area in 1980 and performed\recorded both as a solo artist and a band leader.
As an actor, Paul performed in regional theater and on Off Broadway. Productions included: "Mr. Roberts", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Tales from the Wayside Inn", "The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail" and Harold Pinter’s "The Homecoming" for which he won a Best Actor award from the Boston Globe.
As an author, Paul Tait has released seven critically acclaimed volumes of poetry, “Stray Lines”, “Markings in the Cave”, "Pirate Conductor", "Sand 'n Ashes", "Seven Centers", "Boston Dialect, Volume One" and "Boston Dialect, Volume Two". All books are in the eReader format.
Career[edit | edit source]
For 17 years Paul played in and around Boston and New York City, and independently released a series of critically acclaimed recordings including; "Pop Musician", "Television City", "I Still Believe", “Back In Business”, “Angels Of The City”, "Song to the Moon" “1975”, “Frenemies”, and “I Didn’t Quit I Surrendered”.
He traveled back and forth from Boston to New York showcasing and shopping his recordings. In spite of his efforts, he was unable to attract industry support and in the mid-1990's "retired" and began a career in Information Technology. The music did not stop however, and he continued to write and record; intermittently releasing something for local\regional consumption.
In September of 2007 Paul launched a brand new website and announced his presence on the online digital download market. So much backlog did he have that six full CD’s were released at once! Each subsequent year saw another two CD’s released; all of it digitally re-mastered material recorded in the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s.
In addition, Paul employed his theater and film making skills to create videos for many of the tracks.
The combination of digital downloads and video presence earned him an international audience ranging from Asia to the United Kingdom; Saudi Arabia to his native United States.
In 2010 Paul released the critically acclaimed CD “…born at night…” his first new collection of songs in seven years.
“all that is left is all that remains” was released in March of 2011. Some critics called it the best work he had ever done.
2012 saw the spring releases of "Mixing My Emotions: 1995-2010" and "Two On One", a collection that combined both "...born at night..." and "all that is left is all that remains" on one 18 song CD.
In August of 2012 Paul released the EP "PTEP8" which reunited him with 1980's studio partner Ed Daley for the first time in 18 years.
On New Years Eve 2012 a companion CD to Paul's 2009 release "I Still Believe: The Best of Paul Tait" was dropped. "Rest of the Best of: 1984-2003" was a 16 song compilation featuring tracks from CD's no longer in print and some that had never been on CD before.
Then on Thursday February 28, 2013 the last anthology of Paul's material that began with "Best of" was released. "AlternaTait Deluxe" featured 16 songs ranging from radio jingles, 80’s garage rock, lost mixes, out-takes and the very first recordings Paul Tait released in 1983, “I CAN’T SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS” and “POP MUSICIAN”.
After a three year break from recording, Paul Tait released the CD “Full 88” on April 7, 2015 . The album included “Run Wild”, “Someone Else’s Eyes”, “Midnight Angels”, “Destiny”, “Unrequited” and five more piano based tracks expertly co-produced and mastered by Boston legend Joel Simches.
In November of 2015 Paul released “Everything is Subject to Change”, a guitar-centric flip side to “Full 88”. Casper Jones, who played with Paul from 2009-2011, returned to add his one of a kind guitar style.
January of 2017 saw the release of “Diligence: 1983 – 2003” a career spanning collection that put all of Paul’s best known early songs, rare tracks, live tracks, and re-issued tracks on one 40 song download (or double CD burn).
On August 7, 2018 Paul Tait released "CryptoCreative", a solid mix of rock and ballads. The project reunited Paul with his 2009-2011 session team of Casper Jones, Tracy Ferrie, Peter Koeplin, and engineer Kenny Lewis.
Currently on the market Paul Tait has ten CD's; featuring over one hundred songs, and spanning 35 years (1983-2018).
Personal Life[edit | edit source]
Paul retired from recording and publishing in 2018. He continues to format books of verse for future publication.
References[edit | edit source]
iTunes Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/paul-tait/id264983564
Barnes and Nobles (ignore books about football - not our Paul): https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Paul+Tait?_requestid=3712683
Spotify Artist Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4MFzuAptX5FFFp6Cs9uWUX
YouTube Channel: youtube.com/oldnewbie47 (Main - Top Videos)
Pandora Internet Radio: https://www.pandora.com/paul-tait
Soundcloud Free Songs (31!): https://soundcloud.com/paul-tait-10/sets